Woman facing eviction commits murder-suicide shortly before being served eviction papers

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office has reason to suspect that 46-year-old Theresa Cain is behind the deadly murder-suicide that left four dead on Feb. 27.

Prior to police arriving at the family’s Ohio Township home to serve eviction papers, five gunshots were heard. Deputies attempted to contact the inhabitants of the house but were unsuccessful. Consequently, the Sheriff’s Special Response Team was summoned to the scene and entered the house.

Inside, five deceased bodies were found. Steven Cain (50), Theresa Cain (46), William Felton (74), and Ethan Cain (13) were all accounted for, while Theresa’s 20-year-old daughter, Samantha Cain, was still alive but in critical condition at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Sheriff Steve Leahy suggests that Steven was shot in the basement roughly half an hour before the remaining family members were killed. It is thought that the shots were meant to block the deputies from accessing the home.

The Cain family had been struggling financially prior to the eviction, leading the police to speculate that money played a role in Theresa’s actions.